Asmara Eritrea - June 5 2009
My three weeks visit to Eritrea
comes to an end. I will say goodbye to family and friends, collect the
last stuff from the tailor, and buy more souvenirs.
In Edaga Arbi I find a shop
where they sell good quality wood carved coffee tables with the accessory
burner for a reasonable price. With a taxi I bring the souvenirs to our
house where my wife will pack it for tomorrows flight to Amsterdam.
Back in the center of Asmara, I spend the rest of the morning visiting family and friends. One of them has bought three large woven baskets for our kids. They
may be to to big for my suitcase, but I donít dare to refuse them. I collect my cloth at the tailor shop, and return to our
Sembel apartment a second time, so my wife can add the gifts to my luggage.
After lunch I continue my tour through Asmara. Efrem brings me another set of telephone cards he grabbed from the payphones on the streets of Asmara for collectors in the Netherlands. I will sell them on Marktplaats, the Dutch equivalent of Ebay, so he will earn some money, and the collectors will be happy. I wonder what he will do for a living when I am back in the Netherlands.
I tend to say that this is a
day that nothing special happens, but I guess I am a bit spoiled after so
many visits to Eritrea. A day with two invitations for a coffee ceremony,
invitations to have lunch, many heart-warming handshakes, new friends like
every day, and hundreds of enchanting smiles is the common practice one
will experience when visiting this country.
Every visitor is treated with
love, respect and honor, even if you are a complete stranger.
No cheating, no theft. Maybe an appeal for some help, your pen, or a Nakfa
for candy, but never threatening.
The thirty years struggle for independence
from Ethiopia (which was the longest war of liberation ever known to
history) with immeasurable suffering, resulted in a remarkable
lifestyle, characterized by courage, honesty and hospitality, where the
will to help the tourist, and share tea or food with the guest is a
pleasure and an honor. The Eritreans will always make you feel welcome and
not one day is boring.
Modern Kia taxi's lined up -
176-1 Street Asmara Eritrea.
Modern Kia taxi - Harnet
Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Haile and Negisti - Asmara Eritrea.
City Center Pension - Asmara Eritrea.
Tailor shop - Asmara Eritrea.
Corea Housing Complex -
Former Via Martini (now
175-11 street) - Asmara Eritrea.
Ambassador Hotel - Harnet
Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Bar Impero - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Piccadilly Bar and Dancing entrance - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Town Hall - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Denden Sport Club Bar -